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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Going to Nationals Image
Two 10-year-old fourth graders in the workshop (gifted) program at Westport’s Kings Highway Elementary School advanced Saturday at the state finals of the Connecticut Invention Convention at UCONN in Storrs to the National Invention Convention. Kate Watkins (l) and Samantha Henske will go on June 1 to 3 to the event at the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office in Alexandria, Virginia. Kate invented the “Wat Wat Win”—the Watkins Watch Window. It allows the wearer of a coat to be able to access and utilize their smartwatch or fitness tracker on their wrist without removing their gloves or adjusting their coat sleeves. Samantha invented the “Backpack Barricade,” which affixes under a school bus seat and provides a safe, clean, comfortable place to store a backpack. The Connecticut Invention Convention is a nonprofit educational program designed to develop and enhance critical thinking skills in children in grades K-8. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


04/30/17 08:16 PM Comments () • Permalink

Funding Sill Sought to Complete Tunnel Art Project Image
A family today views the art project honoring Westport’s past and present in the east tunnel at the Metro-North Westport station. The project, launched 16 months ago in cooperation with the Westport Police Department, features light box lenticular views combining past and present images of Westport landmarks by Westport artist Miggs Burroughs. According to him, 16 light boxes were planned, but the project has stalled because of lack of funding. Those interested in donating should contact him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


04/30/17 07:03 PM Comments () • Permalink

Last Day on the Job After 31 Years Image
Westport Fire Lt. Ernest Ruot ended his Westport Fire Department career today after 31 years on the job. Ruot, 52, whose wife Alisa was also a Westport firefighter, was promoted to lieutenant in 2007. He served on the combined police-fire dive team and in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. He is pictured early today at the scene of two-vehicle crash on I-95 that sent a car down an embankment. Ruot could be the first of possibly a dozen senior Westport officers and firefighters who will retire before the June 30 expiration of the current pension agreement with the town, according to fire officials.  A new agreement is in the arbitration stage. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


04/30/17 06:14 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday Fishing Image
A fisherman tries his luck today off of South Beach at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


04/30/17 05:59 PM Comments () • Permalink

A Wash for the First Selectman Image
First Selectman Jim Marpe today stopped by the Staples High School Girls Water Polo car wash at 8 Myrtle Ave. and had his car washed. Contributed photo


04/30/17 02:30 PM Comments () • Permalink

Working Down on the Farm Image
The Wakeman Town Farm today benefitted from help from the Staples High School Service League of Boys (SLOBs), one of several locales involved in the group’s annual Service Sunday. This is the eighth Service Sunday in the club’s history. In all, members today donated more than 600 hours of service to the community and donated about $5,000 in supplies and goods to get the jobs done. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


04/30/17 12:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Helping Earthplace Image
Members of the Staples High School Service League of Boys (SLOBs) were busy today preparing the Earthplace sanctuary for the upcoming seasons. The public service organization came out in force, with more than 50 boys, moms, and dads helping remove brush and debris while maintaining parts of the property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for


04/30/17 12:14 PM Comments () • Permalink

Gallery: Fairfield County Concours d’Caffeine

Scenes from today’s Fairfield County Concours d’Caffeine at the Metro-North Westport station in Saugatuck. The show runs until noon. photos and David Dreyfuss for


04/30/17 09:20 AM Comments () • Permalink

New Look at Old Car Image
A visitor looks over a 1913 Mercer Raceabout, one of the cars on display today at the Fairfield County Concours d’Caffeine at the Metro-North Westport train station in Saugatuck. The event, which benefits the Westport Police Benevolent Association scholarship fund, runs until noon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


04/30/17 09:11 AM Comments () • Permalink

Proud Owner Image
Westporter Stan Nayer shows off his 1959 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud 1 at today’s Fairfield County Concourse d’Caffeine at the Metro-North Westport station in Saugatuck. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


04/30/17 09:06 AM Comments () • Permalink

Car Down Embankment After I-95 Crash Image
A car lies down an embankment today off of I-95 southbound at Westport’s Overrridge Road after it was in a collision with a pickup truck. Firefighters had to extricate the driver from the vehicle. The driver of the pickup, which remained on a guardrail on I-95, was also transported by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hospital. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


04/30/17 06:59 AM Comments () • Permalink

Pickup on Guardrail After I-95 Crash Image
A pickup truck sits on a guardrail on I-95 southbound today, its cargo strewn down the embankment after it was involved in a crash with a car that went down the embankment. Westport EMS transported both drivers to Norwalk Hospital. Two dogs involved in the crash were found wandering in the area by a Westport animal control officer. The accident occurred about 6 a.m. just above Westport’s Overridge Road, off of Underhilll Parkway, off of Bridge Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


04/30/17 06:55 AM Comments () • Permalink

Compo Sunset Scene Image
An egret at sunset Saturday at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for


04/30/17 12:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, April 30, 2017

8 a.m. - Noon - Saugatuck Train Station - Concours d’Caffeine Westport PBA Benefit
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - 8 Myrtle Ave. - Staples Water Polo Girls fundraiser car wash
Noon - 4 p.m. - 44 Imperial Ave. - Westport Woman’s Club Art Show
1 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportWRITES: Mini-Conference on Creative Writing & Social Justice

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Gallery: Westport Woman’s Club Art Show

Scenes from tonight’s opening reception of the Westport Woman’s Club Art Show. Th exhibit, whose proceeds go toward club scholarships, features works by 14 local artists. It continues Sunday noon to 4 p.m. photos


04/29/17 07:25 PM Comments () • Permalink

Rallying for the Environment Image
Westport’s Earthplace today hosted a Rally for the Environment in celebration of science and nature as part of Westport’s Green Day activities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for


04/29/17 03:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Young Protest Voice Image
Ethan Aitkenhead of Westport holds up his rally poster and his Silkie Chicken, Nugget, at Earthplace’s Rally for the Environment today. The Long Lots third grader is son of Mike and Carrie Aitkenhead. Mike is the soon to retire steward of Wakeman Town Farm. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for


04/29/17 03:40 PM Comments () • Permalink

North Maple Crash Injures One Image
One person was injured today when a car went into a utility pole near 19 Maple Ave. North. The extent of injuries was not known. Police closed the roadway in the area for what likely will be an extended time while the pole is replaced.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


04/29/17 02:33 PM Comments () • Permalink

Surveying Crash Scene Image
Westport firefighters today look over a car that crashed into a utility pole near 19 Maple Ave. North. One person was injured. Police closed the road while awaiting a utility crew to replace the pole. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


04/29/17 02:28 PM Comments () • Permalink

Comings & Goings: Saugatuck Grain and Grape Closes Image
UPDATE After six and a half years, Saugatuck Grain and Grape wine and spirits at 40-42 Railroad Place, next to the Harvest Restaurant, formerly Mario’s, has closed and will move in a few weeks to a new location at 375 Post Road West. The store opened in October 2010 in space previously occupied by Depot Liquor. A sign out front says it is for lease. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


04/29/17 01:35 PM Comments () • Permalink

Y’s Men Join in Cleanup Image
The Y’s Men of Westport Weston spent part of their Saturday morning today clearing trash from the Baldwin Parking lot Westport’s center The club, made up of retired and semi-retired man, has part of its mission to provide community service. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


04/29/17 11:44 AM Comments () • Permalink

Depositing Drugs Image
Westport resident Peter Chelico drops off a collection of medications today in the Westport police Drug Take Back Day at the Westport Weston Health District on Bayberry Lane. The event, held in cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Administration, is aimed at removing potentially dangerous controlled substances from homes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


04/29/17 10:12 AM Comments () • Permalink

Cleaning Up on Green Day Image
Among volunteers participating in a town clean-up today in celebration of Green Day were Staples High School students from the AP Environmental class.  According to Westporter Kathy Davis-Groener (r, blue shirt), Beautification Committee chair, 40 Staples student volunteers cleaned up Riverside Park, segments of the banks of the Saugatuck River, and the Green’s Farms train station today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


04/29/17 09:48 AM Comments () • Permalink

Making Westport Greener Image
Members of the Staples High School students AP Environmental class were among Westpoters today participating in cleanups around town marking Green Day. They are pictured along the Saugatuck River off Riverside Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


04/29/17 09:43 AM Comments () • Permalink

Take Home Fish Dinner Image
A red fox makes off with a fish dinner late Friday near the pool at Westport’s Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for


04/29/17 12:45 AM Comments () • Permalink

Working Into the Night Image
UPDATE Westport police accident investigators worked into the night Friday night investigating a three-car crash on Post Road East at Morningside Drive North. The roadway was reopened at about 12:30 a.m. today, about five hours after the crash. Five persons were injured in the crash, three seriously, according to Police Chief Foti Koskinas. He said three ambulances were needed to transport the injured to the hospital. Preliminary investigation showed a driver disobeyed a traffic signal, he said.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


04/29/17 12:33 AM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - Green Day

8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. - various - Town of Westport Beautification Committee Volunteer Clean Ups
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Weston Health District (180 Bayberry Lane) - Westport Police Dept. “Drug Take Back Day” (no needles/sharps)
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Main Street to Madison Avenue”
10 a.m. - 11 a.m. - Earthplace - Family Trail Run (and Walk)
10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. - Westport Wastewater Treatment Plant (4 Elaine Road) - Open House & Tour
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Earthplace - Fun & Learning with Nature!
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Exhibit: “The Danbury Raid”
Noon. - 3 p.m. - Lillian Wadsworth Arboretum (2 Woodside Lane) - Westport Tree Board Green Day Sapling Give-away & Tours, Raffle
1 p.m. - Westport Library - Getting a Grip on Gender, a Program for Parents & Students
2 p.m. - Earthplace - Westport Greenday Rally for the Environment
3 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Library - GreenDay: Hydroponics with Zach Kapple
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. - 44 Imperial Ave.. - Westport Woman’s Club Art Show
6:30 p.m. - Inn at Longshore - Tiny Miracles Foundation 12th Annual Gala “America’s Got Preemies”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


04/29/17 12:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

Friday, April 28, 2017

Malloy Says He May Need GOP Votes to Pass a Budget

By Mark Pazniokas

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who intends to revise his budget proposal next week to address falling income-tax receipts, today expressed doubt about the prospects of passing a budget in the closely divided General Assembly without the votes of some Republicans.

The Democratic governor is tentatively scheduled to meet next week with legislative leaders of both parties, who are trying to find a way to balance the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 and will shape the fight for control of the General Assembly in 2018.

“I’m ready, willing and able to speak with the leaders. The leaders are going to have to play a leadership role,” Malloy said. “Republicans are probably going to have to vote for a budget for the first time in 10 years. So, there’s a lot of work to be done.”

The expectation of GOP votes likely reflects Malloy’s belief that passage of a budget that relies more on deep spending cuts than tax increases is not possible with only Democratic votes.

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04/28/17 09:05 PM Comments () • Permalink

Three-Vehicle Crash Closes Post Road East Image
UPDATE A three-vehicle accident tonight at Post Road East at Morningside Drive North sent five persons to the hospital and forced closure of portions of the roadway, police said. Police Chief Foti Koskinas said three were injured seriously. Police closed the road for five hours while conducting an investigation. Koskinas said the preliminary investigaton showed a driver disobeyed a traffic signal. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jarret Liotta for


04/28/17 08:24 PM Comments () • Permalink

Accident Scene Image
UPDATE Passersby watch emergency workers tonight at the scene of a three-vehicle accident at Post Road East at Morningside Drive North. Five persons were injured, three seriously, according to Police Chief Foti Koskinas. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jarret Liotta for


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